9 Days in July

9 Days in July

Nine Days in July is a new podcast documentary series that explores each of the nine days of the Apollo 11 Mission, day by day, in nine 60-minute-long episodes. While telling the story of the mission to the moon as it occurs, we also spin back, and spin out, into stories about Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, NASA, the Space Race, and the history of the world-at-large during those 9 Days in July.

Episodes

February 6, 2020 53 min

Apollo 11 rides a fireball back through Earth’s atmosphere before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Why, after forever changing the course of human history, did we stop going to the Moon, and what, 50 years later, is NASA and the private sector planning for humanity’s next giant leap?

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The crew of Apollo 11 are nearly home. As they spend their last full day in space, we jump into the future to see how Neil, Buzz, and Michael’s experience on the Moon irrevocably changes their lives. For one crew-member, in particular, walking on the Moon very nearly destroyed him.

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January 23, 2020 47 min

As Apollo 11 races back home, we give you a front row seat to an epic showdown between the United States and the Soviet Union, as they use the Space Race to wage the Cold War. One thing will become abundantly clear—America wouldn’t have beaten the Russians without a lot of help from the Nazis.

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January 16, 2020 43 min

The Lunar Module is crippled, and its ability to get off the Moon is in doubt. We also examine how the Moon has captured the human imagination from the beginning of time, first as a source of spiritual influence and veneration, and later as an object of profound scientific curiosity.

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Today is the day humans attempt to change history by stepping foot on another world. However, a series of cascading crises during the lunar descent very nearly force the crew of Apollo 11 to abort the mission and return home.

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As Apollo 11 undertakes a series of intricate maneuvers to get into orbit around the Moon, we look at how the Apollo astronauts and the flight controllers in Mission Control trained for the Moon, and the painful toll their jobs—and the withering media spotlight—took on their families.

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The Apollo Program was the result of hundreds of companies, tens of thousands of workers, and billions of dollars. On Apollo 11’s last day in space before reaching the Moon, we look at how America built Apollo, and why, believe it or not, most Americans did not want us to go to the Moon.

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December 19, 2019 43 min

During the crew’s first full day in space, we jump back in time to learn who Neil, Buzz, and Michael are, and exactly what happened in their lives to put them in the Moon’s crosshairs. It’s not nearly as straightforward as you might think.

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December 12, 2019 43 min

You think you know this story, but you don’t. As Apollo 11 prepares to launch into the history books, we wake with the astronauts and won’t leave their side until their course is set for the Moon. Take a ride with us on the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever created—the Saturn V.

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December 11, 2019 2 min

Episode 1 available now.

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December 4, 2019 1 min

9 Days in July is a new podcast documentary series that explores each of the nine days of the Apollo 11 Mission--day by day--using never-before-heard audio from inside the spacecraft and from the consoles of Mission Control. Join host Brandon Fibbs and stow-away on this first-of-its-kind podcast journey into the stars. Episode One premieres December 12th, with new episodes every Thursday through February 6th.

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